Monday, August 1, 2016

Lexis Practical Guidance First Online Solution Complements Legal Industry Works in India


Following overwhelming success in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and Singapore, Lexis Practical Guidance, an innovative online workflow-based solution, was launched in India at The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru, on July 28, 2016, in presence of distinguished members from the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and the Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA), along with several other eminent senior law firm partners, senior advocates and corporate counsels by LexisNexis, a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions.

On Lexis Practical Guidance’s success globally, Karen Taylor, Executive Director, Lexis Practical Guidance Asia, said, “Lexis Practical Guidance has been a tried and trusted solution for legal practitioners across the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. LexisNexis’s award-winning platforms, combined with expert local content, bring the very best in know-how, drafting and compliance all underpinned by market-leading analysis and commentary with on-point links to cases and legislation. Whether for Indian matters, cross-border deals, or international compliance requirements, Lexis Practical Guidance is the solution. It is time for Digital India, Digital World.”

During the event, Vikesh Dhyani, Director Marketing, Customer Discovery and Innovation, LexisNexis India - Legal and Professional, said, “This solution provides an unprecedented advantage of having a specialist on their desktop to guide their associates that, in turn, enables them to save time on research, increase their billable hours and get instant guidance on unfamiliar subjects. Whether you are a law firm, or a corporate counsel, a solo practitioner or a start-up, struggling with competition driven by new players and offerings from alternative legal services, together with tighter economic conditions, it is a pioneering solution to drive efficiencies, bring more strategic approach to risk management and most importantly achieve a value-based cost structure.”

Sandeep Ganju, Senior Director, Sales & Business Development, LexisNexis India, said, “Now is the age of information, and the manner in which information is consumed and analyzed by law firms and corporate counsels is going to be a key differentiator in making product decisions, mitigating risks and managing the litigating process better. With solutions like Lexis Practical Guidance, LexisNexis has brought an advanced online platform that enables professionals to seamlessly navigate from case law to commentaries and legislations, thereby examining a point of law in a holistic fashion and giving a pragmatic view of the matter at hand.”

100,000 Accenture Employees Received Technology Education Through 10-Year Collaboration with MIT Professional Education


Accenture recently achieved a significant milestone by providing more than 100,000 employees globally with a world-class technology education developed through a 10-year collaboration with MIT Professional Education, the professional education arm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Established in 2006, the Accenture Technology Academy (ATA) was created to equip employees with the skills needed to deliver leading technology services for clients, and to date, Accenture employees around the world have received more than 16 million hours of MIT education through the program.

“The Accenture Technology Academy has been a cornerstone of our enduring relationship with MIT over the past decade,” said 
Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services. “Accenture is committed to investing in our people, and our relationship with MIT enables us to educate and grow our talent so we can differentiate ourselves. Our mission is to help our clients achieve business outcomes through new liquid strategies, and our focus is on new IT such as digital, cloud and security. We’re also expanding our capabilities to innovate in fast-growing areas like block chain and artificial intelligence.”
Over the past decade, Accenture invested in the Accenture Technology Academy to provide employees with access to MIT research, knowledge and expertise through advanced training programs. Drawing on the expertise of MIT faculty, the ATA is designed to arm employees with advanced professional and technology strategies, approaches and skills; it is comprised of two distinct components:
  • A certification program – Four different certifications have been available to employees over the past 10 years: application developer, designer, tester and test designer. Accenture is preparing to launch 10 new certificate programs in several areas including: agile, artificial intelligence, cloud, data science, design thinking, DevOps, Internet of Things, mobile, security, and web essentials. When in-person training sessions aren’t possible, the sessions can be conducted via Accenture Connected Learning classrooms in 72 locations around the globe.
  • Lectures and online videos, podcasts, and learning boards – Each person in Accenture’s global workforce has an opportunity to learn from MIT faculty through in-person lectures and online videos, podcasts, and learning boards. Many new online training courses are now available on a variety of topics including: artificial intelligence, micro-services and DevOps, security, next-generation cloud, and the Internet of Things.
“We at MIT Professional Education are proud to have facilitated quality training of tens of thousands of Accenture practitioners in the area of information technology over the last 10 years,” said Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of MIT Professional Education. “Our expert faculty have provided research-based, cutting-edge knowledge to Accenture employees, deploying traditional to the most modern education dissemination methods. We enthusiastically look forward to the next decade of growing our relationship with Accenture through the development of new certificate programs covering emerging and transformation-enabling areas such as artificial intelligence, data science, mobility and security.”

“Accenture’s 10-year relationship with MIT began with the Accenture Technology Academy and grew to encompass additional valuable programs that involve research, thought leadership, and the development of innovative business concepts for our clients,” said Sanjeev Vohra, managing director and business sponsor for MIT, Accenture Technology Services. “Today, as we collaborate with several entities across MIT, we are steadfastly focused on learning, research and recruiting to spur innovation for both organizations, providing our employees with valuable opportunities, and delivering better business outcomes for our clients.”

Maharaja Whiteline Bring Revolution to Kitchen with New Range Lock Mixer Grinders


Maharaja Whiteline, a brand of Groupe SEB India (P) Ltd. is the country’s leading consumer durable brand and after an extremely successful year in 2015, it is all set to supersede the expectations this year. Maharaja Whiteline is also the no. 1 brand in North India in food preparation category as per Francis Kanoi report 2015.
The brand is bringing the next level of innovation to the market with the most innovative and stylish range of mixer grinders from its 750 watt series – Easylock. In line with its name, the range boasts of a unique audible and visible locking system which has proven to be a success across the globe. This distinctive mechanism does not let the mixer start until the jar is correctly locked on the main unit with the motor, hence making it extremely safe for use, especially for use in a home with small kids.  750 watt power makes this product all the more efficient. This enables it to grind even the hardest food ingredients in minutes and gives perfect results. Easylock Mixer Grinders are certainly a stylish addition for any kitchen given their international design and premium color scheme. With high aesthetic quotient, the range also guarantees best-in-class performance with superior user convenience. 
Commenting on the launch of this Easy Lock range of Mixer Grinders, Shirish Khedkar, Senior Vice President – Sales, Groupe SEB India (P) Ltd. said “As a brand which has been a leader in the mixer grinder’s category, our objective has always been to create well thought out solutions that make life easier, with beautiful and tasty results. Easy Lock is one such revolutionary range which is certain to appeal to the consumers given the provision of all new enhancements which a person can ask for in new-age mixer grinder. Its visible and audible locking mechanism makes it exceptionally safe for use by making the daily household chores safer.”
The range has been developed in-house by the RnD and Design departments of Groupe SEB India and it includes 2 mixer grinders – Easy Lock King and Easy Lock Queen. Both mixer grinders come with a powerful 750 Watt power rating, which is well complemented with heavy duty stainless steel jars. All the jars are equipped with efficient super sharp blades.
A look at the 2 Models:
Easylock King
·         Premium Black and Silver color scheme to add a dash of style to your kitchen
·         It comes with 4 jars i.e. one for liquidizing, one for dry and wet grinding and one for chutney grinding while the fourth one is a blending jar with fruit filter; with its help you can easily extract juices or even make purees etc.
 Easylock Queen
·         Happiness Red and White color scheme to add a splash of color to your kitchen
·         It comes with 3 jars, one for liquidizing, one for dry & wet grinding and one for chutney grinding

 2 years product warranty and 5 years motor warranty complements the promise of durability which comes with each product of the range.

Zuver, a driver on demand startup from Mumbai, today announced that it has tied up with QuikrServices, the services vertical of Quikr, India’s No.1 cross-category classified business. As per the tie up, any on-demand driver requests from Mumbai and Pune will be fulfilled by Zuver with its network of professional drivers.

The exclusive partnership aims to boost the need for the driver on demand category on QuikrServices which calls for skilled, trust worthy and well informed professional drivers. Quikr consumers across these two cities can now book drivers for daily commutes, outstation trips and also to avail valet services for help with parking.

Speaking on this Sidhanth Mally, Co-founder of Zuver, said, “Zuver is a rapidly growing driver on demand service provider while Quikr is a market leading brand, through this partnership we are excited to share our expertise with Quikr consumers in the driver on-demand space. We have over 150 drivers in Mumbai and Pune all of whom are trained and validated to drive all types of cars ranging from hatchbacks to SUVs. ”

Talking about this tie up, P D Sundar, Head of QuikrServices said, “Partnerships like this help bridge demand and supply by offering service providers like Zuver access to our robust consumer base.  We are delighted to be associated with Zuver which provides skilled & well trained drivers who are knowledgeable of city routes.”

Founded by co-partners Sidhanth Mally and Sovin Hegde, Zuver, a Mumbai-based startup provides 24X7 on demand driver requirement services at any location throughout the city. Zuver offers you drivers on demand to drive you to your destination, in the comfort of your car.  

India & Thailand B-Lateral Trade Projected at 1,600 Million by 2020


By Manu Sharma

The bi-lateral trade between India and Thailand presently amounts to US $800 million and projected to double to US $1.600 million over the next five years. In order to achieve this number, the Mumbai based Thailand Trade Center, under the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand is currently organizing the Thailand Week 2016 in three cities in India and last held in Bengaluru from June 29-31, 2016 at the Lalit Ashok. 

The three-day expo features wide range of Thai products including food and beverages; garments; textiles and fashion accessories; health and beauty; home d├ęcor; household products among others.

India with a population of over 1.2 billion, has a very large and productive workforce essential for a growing nation. As India emerges into an economic super power over the next few years, it’s vital to expand its trade relations with all nations including neighboring Asean countries like Thailand.

Every year, Thailand Trade Center holds expo and fairs across the country with the hope of building better bi-lateral trade relations with the two nations. Speaking to the media, Suwimol Tilokruangchai, Exclusive Director and Consul (Commercial), Thai Trade Center, Mumbai says, “This is an annual event and this year have 40 exhibitors displaying their products for the first time in the country. We were earlier this month in Chandigarh and the exhibitors have closed deals with several distributors in north India. This week are in Bangalore followed by Chennai later next month and hoping for similar response from the south.”

She adds that expo’s like this helps in growth of our bi-lateral trade between the two countries and are expecting a 20 percent growth this year as well.

“Many of the products are being on display for the first time and are looking at trade partners and distributors across various cities in India,” she concludes.